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Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson County, Missouri, 21 April 1833

conviction that he wrote it in all cencerity of his heart and were pleased with the stile and composition but upon mature reflection and inquiry at the hand of the Lord we find some things that are unreconcilable especially to some I mean with respect to hints given that are not clearly explained, as evry letter that comes from Zion must go the rounds of the Brethren for inspection it is necessary that there should be no disgise in them but that evry subject writen from brethren should be plain to the understanding of all, that no jealousy may be raised and when we rebuke do it in all meekness, and the letter writen the 24 Feby was not writen in that contrition of heart which it should have been for it appeared to be writen in too much of a spirit of justification, but the letter to Bro Whitney

3/5 Feb. 1795–23 Sept. 1850. Trader, merchant. Born at Marlborough, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of Samuel Whitney and Susanna Kimball. Moved to Fairfield, Herkimer Co., New York, 1803. Merchant at Plattsburg, Clinton Co., New York, 1814. Mercantile clerk for...

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of the 20 of March was writen to our entire satisfaction now I would say to Bro Gilbert

28 Dec. 1789–29 June 1834. Merchant. Born at New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Eli Gilbert and Lydia Hemingway. Moved to Huntington, Fairfield Co., Connecticut; to Monroe, Monroe Co., Michigan Territory, by Sept. 1818; to Painesville, Geauga Co...

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that I do not write this by way of chastisement but to show him the absolute necessity of having all his communications writen plain to and understanding by, we are well aware of the great care upon his mind in consequence of much business but he must put his trust in god and he may rest assured that he hears our prayers day and night that he may have strength to overcome evry difficulty we have learned of the Lord that it is his duty to assist all the poor brethren that are pure in heart and that he has done rong in with holding credit from them as they must have [p. 34]
conviction that he wrote it in all cencerity  of his heart and were pleased with the stile  and composition but upon mature reflection  and inquiry at the hand of the Lord we find  some things that are unreconcilable especially  to some I mean with respect to hints given  that are not clearly explained, as evry  letter that comes from Zion must go the  rounds of the Brethren for inspection  it is necessary that there should be no  disgise in them but that evry subject  writen from brethren should be plain  to the understanding of all, that no jealousy  may be raised and when we rebuke do it  in all meekness, and the letter writen the  24 Feby was not writen in that contrition  of heart which it should have been  for it appeared to be writen in too much  of a spirit of justification, but the  letter to Bro Whitney

3/5 Feb. 1795–23 Sept. 1850. Trader, merchant. Born at Marlborough, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of Samuel Whitney and Susanna Kimball. Moved to Fairfield, Herkimer Co., New York, 1803. Merchant at Plattsburg, Clinton Co., New York, 1814. Mercantile clerk for...

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of the 20 of March  was writen to our entire satisfaction  now I would say to Bro G[ilbert]

28 Dec. 1789–29 June 1834. Merchant. Born at New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Eli Gilbert and Lydia Hemingway. Moved to Huntington, Fairfield Co., Connecticut; to Monroe, Monroe Co., Michigan Territory, by Sept. 1818; to Painesville, Geauga Co...

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that I do not  write this by way of chastisement but to  show him the absolute necessity of having  all his communications writen plain to  and understanding by, we are well aware  of the great care upon his mind in con sequence of much business but he  must put his trust in god and he may  rest assured that he hear[s] our prayers day  and night that he may have strength  to overcome evry difficulty we have lear ned of the Lord that it is his duty to assist  all the poor brethren that are pure in heart  and that he has done rong in with holding  credit from them as they must have [p. 34]
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After western Missouri

Area acquired by U.S. in Louisiana Purchase, 1803, and established as territory, 1812. Missouri Compromise, 1820, admitted Missouri as slave state, 1821. Population in 1830 about 140,000; in 1836 about 240,000; and in 1840 about 380,000. Mormon missionaries...

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was identified as the site of Zion, the process of establishing Zion resulted in divergent views and some hard feelings between leaders in Missouri and those in Ohio

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held a solemn assembly in all the branches of the church in Missouri “to effect a perfect harmony between us & our brethren in Kirtland

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.” Afterwards, the Missouri high priests appointed a committee to write an epistle to JS describing the widespread repentance in Zion and to acknowledge previous errors. Enthusiastically accepting the Missouri report, JS responded to specific questions, communicated the contents of recent revelations, spoke of developments in Ohio, and offered general counsel.
JS sent this letter from Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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, Ohio, to Brethren in Zion, Jackson County

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, Missouri. Frederick G. Williams

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transcribed a copy of into Letterbook 1.

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